Posts tagged with literacy

May 9 2019



There is a great article on WHYY about "Reach Out and Read", a program that hands out free books to parents of young children at well-child checkups, starting at six months of age...

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Apr 16 2019



There was a staggering article published on Mental Floss about how important it is for parents to read out loud to their children. According to a recent study...

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Aug 30 2018



There was a fascinating (and slightly disturbing) article recently published in The Guardian by Maryanne Wolf, the director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Wolf outlines the research that suggests that skimming information online is actually changing our brains...

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Mar 1 2018

A steep decline


According to The Guardian, a recent study of UK families indicates that the number of toddlers being read to every day has dropped by nearly 20% since 2013. The "Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer" survey is conducted annually by Nielsen Book Research, and consisted of interviews with roughly 2000 parents...

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Nov 16 2017

A rare bit of great news (in a week that could use it)


There was a lovely article on NPR recently about Books From Birth, a D.C. Public Library program that mails a book a month, every month, to enrolled children from birth to age 5...

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Jun 13 2012

Read early, often


According to the Guardian, nearly two-thirds of parents don't read to their babies, thereby missing out on a "crucial window" for the children's language development...

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Oct 27 2011

A step in the right direction

According to Scientific American, a Dutch researcher has developed a font designed to decrease the number of errors made by dyslexics while reading. The font emphasizes the differences between ce...

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Jul 25 2011


Five students recently set a world record after reading aloud from the complete works of historian and former Dominican President Juan Bosch for more than 300 straight hours. Their goal was to ra...

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Jun 29 2011

Sing-a-long with LeVar Burton

Um. I'm not sure I can sign off on the idea of a Reading Rainbow flash mob, where an unknown number of participants gather to sing the show's theme song. Reading Rainbow was a big part of my chi...

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Jun 13 2011

Here you go, Australia! You're welcome!

The London Evening Standard recently posted a depressing article about the fact that one in five London-area parents are either illiterate or only "functionally literate" (meaning they read at the...

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